Swap Meet

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Like a book club, but...less of a commitment.
Read and discuss provocative articles with local electeds.




Upcoming discussions

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Teton County Commissioner Luther Propst
THURS, OCT 3
6-7:30 p.m.

The cars of the future will end parking tickets, traffic jams, and car loans
from the news website Quartz
"By 2030, we project that 95% of passenger miles traveled will be served by cars owned by tech companies providing transport as a service. They will operate just as ride-hailing services do today, except there won’t be a driver, and the cars will be fully electric. The cost of these services will be up to 10 times cheaper than buying and running your own car, meaning car ownership—and the age of the combustion engine—will soon come to an end."

Stop trying to solve traffic and start building great places
from the Brookings Institution blog
"Using actual and synthetic measures of travel activity, we can better understand how decades of roadway growth influenced people’s travel demands today—and then test how other place-based designs could lead to more efficient, equitable, and sustainable behavior."

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State Representative Mike Yin
THURS, OCT 10
6-7:30 p.m.

Coal. Guns. Freedom. A week in the life of the town that keeps your lights on
from The California Sunday Magazine
"Coal miners are in a lonely place. Americans love the narrative of high-paying blue-collar labor: the guy with a high school degree who can get a good job, put up the picket fence, and send his kids to college. The steel industry’s crash, in the 1980s, inspired national sympathy. More recently, the fall of Detroit’s auto business led to a governmental bailout. But by and large, Americans do not feel concern for coal companies or the people who work for them."

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Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon
THURS, OCT 24
6-7:30 p.m.


Exclusionary Zoning Robs Knoxville of Its Best Qualities  
a study by Knoxville, TN NAACP Housing Committee
“In revitalizing cities where zoning restrictions choke housing supply, finding housing becomes a twisted game of musical chairs: when the music stops, the person with the emptiest wallet automatically ends up on the floor. In prosperous cities, any regulation that thwarts the creation of more housing causes exclusion of the less privileged.”
also: this NPR video

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State Senator Mike Gierau
Cancelled



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Town Councilor Jonathan Schechter
WED, NOV 13
6-7:30 p.m.

The Wall Street Takeover of Nonprofit Boards
from Stanford Social Innovation Review
"Although many of these business approaches may strengthen nonprofit capacity, we should also be mindful of the ways in which these same tools can morph into pathologies, ignore the costs or trade-offs associated with extending business thinking to the charitable sector, or distort organizational priorities. Numerous critics have written thoughtfully about the ways in which market-based thinking and approaches applied to the nonprofit sector provide false promise, with the potential to dilute charitable values, undermine long-term mission focus, incentivize small, incremental goals, and threaten shared governance and other forms of participatory problem-solving."

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State Representative Andy Schwartz
THURS, NOV 14
6-7:30 p.m.

The Airbnb Invasion of Barcelona
from The New Yorker
"Hundreds of people in the Barceloneta gathered in the streets to protest what the local newspapers called el turismo de borrachera—binge-drinking tourism. Pardo told me, 'Most people taking part had never demonstrated before—they just knew they couldn’t stand it anymore. You had tourists who were half naked, people drunk. And the noise—it’s a dense neighborhood, so the noise is heard everywhere.'"


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County Commissioner Natalia Macker
and Town Councilor Hailey Morton Levinson
WED, NOV 20, 6-7:30 p.m.


To Really Learn, Our Children Need the Power of Play from the Wall Street Journal
“One day, on a forest path, William came upon a delighted Finnish father applauding his 6-year-old daughter as she scrambled up a tall tree—to a height that would have petrified many parents around the world. ‘If she falls and breaks her arm, it will be in a good cause. She will have learned something,’ the father said nonchalantly.”

Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care from the New York Times
"The debate persists because in the United States, the resistance to public child care has never been mainly about economics. It has been rooted in a moral argument — that the proper place for mothers (at least certain ones) is at home with their children."